The Chidsey Program hosts a semi-annual leadership lecture, conferences and special workshops for all students to participate and be exposed to leadership education and development.

Leadership Series  

The Chidsey Leadership Series features Davidson alumni and other inspiring leaders who have made exceptional contributions to their communities. Occurring once a semester, speakers are invited to lead an engaging session or lectures with students, dine with students beforehand, and meet with students during the day in a class, workshop and/or informal setting. Speakers are selected for their unique experiences that can be applied to diverse student groups. To nominate a lecturer to the committee, email the Chidsey Program at

Katherine M. Bray Women’s Leadership Conference

The Annual Katherine M. Bray Women's Leadership Conference is an intergenerational exploration of leadership. The conference is designed and run entirely by a student planning committee with the Chidsey Program maintaining a strong relationship with conference leaders and providing support and advice as needed. The mission of the conference is to encourage relationships between students and community members by connecting them as conference participants. For more information and to participate in the conference, email the conference committee at

EMERGE! Leadership Development

EMERGE! is a foundational leadership development opportunity for students to develop fundamental leadership skills. The program is open to all students and encourages students to transition to more immersive experiences. The program consists of seven workshops that build leadership capacity and skill in the following areas: self-awareness, teamwork, understanding others, leading from values, bridging conflict, cultivating curiosity, and exploring pathways to more immersive leadership experiences.The seven sessions are offered in full each semester. For more information, visit our page on WildcatSync.